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Mark Cohon Will Not Seek Third Term As CFL Commissioner

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 20 / 14

CFL Commissioner  Mark Cohon  said that he "will not seek a third term" after his contract expires next spring. League Chair Jim Lawson said that the CFL BOG "will discuss the next steps toward finding a replacement for Cohon soon." Cohon has spent eight years in the position, ...

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Sacramento Turning Into Contender For MLS Expansion

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UM Urges Vikes To Keep "Redskins" From Promo Material

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Mohegan Sun Buys NLL Team

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NFL Franchise Notes

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Bon Jovi's Group Allowed To Resubmit Bills Bid

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Spurs Praised For Hammon Hire

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Franchise Notes

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